Something else that will make the plants grow better, - and I'm not saying do this ok, I'm telling you people do this - when you're trying to get em to fill out,
use a method of Auxin control - that's what topping is, are you familiar with Auxin distribution being why things get more bushy when you pinch the tops?
Auxin is the growth hormone that takes care of a lot of the size control of the plant, among the various limbs. You might already know this so maybe I'm beating a dead horse so.. I'll try to say enough if you don't know you can look around for some threads and have an idea what you're talking about,
Auxin is a kinda 'the' main everyday growth hormone in plants. Like - all green higher plants ok?
And the plant has a kinda ... kinda complex way of hauling it around inside itself,
and also, how it makes it, inside of itself, is a function, of where the limb is, on the plant.
The higher and more central the stem, the more the plant
makes those growing nodes, manufacture a supply of growth hormone. ok?
All trees, bushes, shrubs, grasses, all green plants, derive their physical natural shape in the wild, by manipulating the manufacture, inside themselves, of Auxin.
Hey - look up apical dominance ok? This is the mechanism by which plants, adjust their shape, using Auxin.
Auxin goes all over the plant but you're gonna manipulate the limbs.
You lay down tips - tips of all limbs are called 'meristems' and the very highest ones are the 'dominant meristems'.
There is a term for all I'm telling you and it's called 'low stress training.'
There are, I'm sure, loads of threads you can pull up about it and what you're sorta trying to get sorted,
is that the plants can tell - internally of themselves, how high, in absolute height, each of it's various parts are, because of the pressure, of the water in them. Ok?
The pot plant is a wind pollenated plant ok? and that means, that... in it's little one season life span,
it tries to get,
up higher than all the rest - and just like - I do mean JUST like a PINE tree,
it's seeking to get one dominant spike, as high up into space around it as it can, so it can catch pollen, and make a buncha little baby cannabises. Ok?
And to do this the plant has a plan. Sacrifice everybody's soul. size, vivacity in growth,
to the growth of this or these, dominant meristems.
What low stress training is,
is fooling the plant,
so it thinks it got knocked over,
by a bank in a ditch getting cut out from rain, or buffalos, or bulldozers, or just falling over on it's side cause the dirt was loose (so to speak you see where I'm goin here, the plant thinks, it fell over and that it's chance for breeding is dramatically reduced)
So what it does, is it feels for what's called 'turgor' - water pressure - and it starts telling every single growing node on the plant, to make as much growth hormone as it can,
until the plant senses one of these or more - you're gonna milk this out be ensuring there's first 5 or 6, then a dozen, then several dozen, then if the plants get large, hundreds of the growing nodes of the plants, manufacture the maximum growth hormone, the plant can tell it to manufacture,
as if it's racing to get up into the sky and get pollenated
to save the plant's life.
Here's what the deal is.
The plant can tell the difference in height of about two inches: 4 cm.
Everything that gets 2" above the rest of the plant, the other growing sites,
is gonna tell those sites, stop producing growth hormone. We've got to feed this main spike, we're gonna thrust up into the sky, the majority of our food and energy and as this bud site or really, these budding sites, these 'growing nodes' get higher and higher,
they turn the rest of the plant off,
more and more.
So what you do is you get a little chunk of fence and put around it like a cylinder, and as this plant grows you go by every day, allllllll during growth before flower,
and even after flower starts,
and you lay these limbs down, till to the best of your ability in the time you've got,
the very tip
of every limb on that plant,
is pointed toward the ground,
and ever node near the trunk of the plant that you can make be the HIGHEST on that plant, as many inches above that growing tip,
as you can get and you don't do this once, twice, or three times.
You do this every _blanking_day, for as long as you can bear the apparent failure of yourself to make that plant, stop re-orientating those tips,
and trying to send the ENDS
up in the sky.
the growth hormone schematic, in the plant,
and the plant, will IMMEDIATELY
not soon, IMMEDIATELY
start getting bushy all over in a way you haven't ever seen yet.
and you just keep on, and keep on, and.. ok can I say it again? KeeP ON
and the day you give up,
and let any growing node
on that PLANT,
get 2" above another node on that plant,
it's gonna tell the ones getting higher, to get more growth
and the ones getting lower, to get less and less,
and this is gonna reduce your yield by anywhere from about 12, to 15%.
When the plant is trained like this you become very intimately connected, with what it's doing, to make itself grow.
It doesn't want to gain a lot of weight all over, it wants to get that one, or two, or 8 spikes, up into the sky to catch pollen.
This is auxin manipulation,
and when plants do it they all do it in a scheme called 'apical dominance'
and that means the tip
predominates, and leads growth
by manufacturing growth hormone in itself,
by sending it back down the plant some,
and by telling the other growing nodes,
not to make growth hormone.
Lots of leaves down in the grass where the dew is just -evolutionarily - makes the plant inviting to grazing critters, and a target for fungus and bacteria and all this so it has an idea,
avoid that fruitless sh** and put those flowering sites up high in the sky.
Your job, is to lie to that plant, like a machine.
Cause I guarantee you that plant's gonna try to re-assert ''apical dominance,''
like a machine.
Because it is a machine of course in lotsa ways,
so don't think, like.. maybe since the plant wants to keep undoing,
what I'm doing to it, i'm doing it wrong.
Uh, no. Youjust keep on laying it down everywhere over, and over, and this becomes a skill to lay the limbs out like a wagon wheel so they don't crowd, and you can get every single one, as close to the same height, or inverted tip down, for the longer limbs,
as you can,
all along their lengths.
When you do this
you avoid a well known slight slowdown in the plant's growth,
as it repairs and seals, all those broken cells you create, when you pinch off those tips.
This disrupts the vascular feeds, all this, the plant has to take a break from all the partying and dancing, and go get a band-aid and put that on all those cells you kill so the cooties don't kill it.
Laying them over like I told ya, avoids this slowdown, it eliminates it,
and the growth hormone changes you create, are more effective because you keep doing it over, and over,
and the plant, keeps telling every single little bud all up and down it's limbs that
'we've fallen over again,
you're on top,
you're elected to shoot for the sky'
and EVERY one
that perceives itself or is perceived by the plant overall
to be at the tips of limbs,
and much more importantly, higher than other nodes on that limb OR OTHER LIMBS,
will be told, ''start manufacturing ALL the GROWTH hormone you CAN, we've got to RACE to the sky with these (a big plant? 300 growing nodes,)
and the plant does quite a bit better at putting on weight.
People nearly always stop laying the plants down, because it's just so much hassle to them. I don't ever stop and the growth difference is considerable.
laying them down,
low stress training them,
is a powerful thing and many years ago on another website some people actually spent probably a couple of years, figuring all this out about pot, and they had many people, try
knuckling, breaking limbs to make them more level, also called 'hurd crushing' because the central sorta crispy vascular area in the plants' stems are called the 'hurd' I dunno if you've ever heard of that before,
they tried tying the plants to a flat piece of fence a few inches above the ground (called screen of greening or 's.c.r.o.g.g.i.n.g.' which is still pretty popular with some folks
and they tried low stress training in various modes.
The mode that produced the most weed was low stress training, to almost the day you harvest the plants,
starting when they are very young.
The younger you start training them the better, too, because you set this hormonal exploit into action earlier
so the plants start branching more - earlier
and they just branch,
and RE BRaNCH like - a machine.
And your job is to be like ''Oh, no, mufuses, this is NOT gonna be happening, lay down, lay down, lay down..."
Like.. a machine.